Kerly strikes help Canterbury beat Leicester

Canterbury's Sarah Kerly is watched by Sofi Walbaum of Bowdon. Canterbury v Bowdon Hightown, Oct 25 2014, credit Simon Parker - 450

Sarah Kerly scored in the first and last minute to secure a dramatic 2-1 win for Canterbury over Leicester in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Her first goal was cancelled out by Katie Long for Leicester after 26 minutes, but Kerly added the crucial winner with seconds remaining.

Jenna Woolven scored a hat-trick as Surbiton continued their march at the top of the table with a win over Bowdon Hightown.

Bowdon have only chalked up one win so far this season and they met couldn’t cope with a team in top form, going down 6-0. Rebecca Herbert, Sarah Page and Natalie Maclean scored the other goals.

The two bottom clubs met with Buckingham hosting Beeston and it ended in a 2-2 draw.

Phoebe Willars had given Beeston the lead before two goals in ten minutes from Jess Bloom made it 2-1 to Buckingham. But Beeston battled on and grabbed an equaliser through Erica Sanders.

Only goal difference separates Canterbury and Clifton and the Bristol side kept up the pressure with a 3-0 win over fourth-placed Holcombe. Harriet Pearce, Els Mansell and Jo Leigh were all on target.

University of Birmingham and Reading are both mid-table but Birmingham have had the better results of the two sides and they managed to edge a close contest between the two teams, an Anna Toman goal after nine minutes deciding the game.

Investec Women’s Conference West

Slough dropped their first points of the season in the Investec Women’s Conference West, drawing 1-1 with hosts Gloucester City.

The home side took the lead through Emma Done but Amy Sheehan rescued a point for Slough.

Second-placed Swansea also drew, 2-2 with Isca. Sophie Clayton popped up with two minutes remaining to steal a point for Swansea.

Bottom club Olton and West Warwickshire faced ninth-placed Cheltenham and managed to leapfrog their opponents with a 2-1 win. Bristol Firebrands played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Trojans and Stourport beat Oxford Hawks 2-1.

Investec Women’s Conference North

Leaders Brooklands Poynton beat Liverpool Sefton 4-1 in the Investec Women’s Conference North with two late Helen Turner goals helping to keep them at the top.

Second-placed Wakefield couldn’t quite match the result but still took a healthy 3-1 win over Sutton Coldfield with Sally Walton bagging a brace.

Whitley Bay and Tynemouth moved up to sixth as a Joss Plummer hat-trick helped them to a 5-2 defeat of Cannock.

University of Durham beat Loughborough University 2-0 and Kendal scored their second win of the season, a 2-1 result against Ben Rhydding.

Investec Women’s Conference East

East Grinstead are still at the top of the Investec Women’s Conference East with a 3-1 victory over Wimbledon - Sophie Bray, Bara Karanova and Lucy Brown scoring their goals.

St Albans are now three points behind after suffering their first defeat of the season, a 2-0 loss to Harleston Magpies.

Kate Maxey hit three goals as Chelmsford got the better of Horsham, running out 4-1 winners.

Sevenoaks were also big winners, beating Ipswich 5-1. Cathy Gillat-Smith led their scoring, scoring a brace. Maidenhead took a 2-1 win against Bedford in the other game.

* Above file photo shows Sarah Kerly, scorer of both Canterbury goals. Credit: Simon Parker.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 16 2014):

Investec Women's Premier Division: Buckingham 2, Beeston 2; Clifton 3, Holcombe 0; Reading 0, University of Birmingham 1; Leicester 1, Canterbury 2; Surbiton 6, Bowdon Hightown 0.

Investec Women's Conference West: Bristol Firebrands 3, Trojans 3; Isca 2, Swansea City 2; Stourport 2, Oxford Hawks 1; Cheltenham 1, Olton and West Warwickshire 2; Gloucester City 1, Slough 1.

Investec Women's Conference North: Kendal 2, Ben Rhydding 1; Liverpool Sefton 1, Brooklands Poynton 4; Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 5, Cannock 2; Sutton Coldfield 1, Wakefield 3; University of Durham 2, Loughborough Students 0.

Investec Women's Conference East: East Grinstead 3, Wimbledon 1; Maidenhead 2, Bedford 1; Sevenoaks 5, Ipswich 1; St Albans 0, Harleston Magpies 2; Chelmsford 4, Horsham 1.